If you are interested to read some great Aussie queer lit., literally hot off the press, go to either ww.gay-ebooks.com.au or www.lesbian-ebooks.com.au where you will find all the winning and highly commended stories.
Brent Beadle came first with his compelling story, Noah. Madeline Shaw second with her terrific story, Belmore Road and Hayley Katzen came third with her sensitive story, Home at last. Alex Dunkin took out the under 25 prize. Jamila Shah, Nat Newman and Matthew Huxtable were all highly commended. 41 entries were received this year writing to the theme of ‘Home’ in 750 words or less. No mean feat. This quote is from the judge’s report:
“Home, our writers showed us, could be a time, a place, a state of mind or a state of heart. Homes were places of comfort and love, and also places of deceit, unhappiness and painful memory. The particular poignancy of the pull between these opposites for LGBTI people was explored in this year’s stories…. We were very impressed with the six stories which made our winning and highly commended lists. At the top end of the competition the standard was high and we felt there was little to choose between the stories, particularly between the top two, and there was much discussion before we decided on the final order.”
Happy Reading, Robert.